H.R. 4592 (111th): Energy Jobs for Veterans Act

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Mar 24, 2010 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4592

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 24, 2010

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

AN ACT

To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions.

1.

Short title

This Act may be referred to as the Energy Jobs for Veterans Act.

2.

Veterans Energy-Related Employment Program

(a)

Establishment of pilot program

To encourage the employment of eligible veterans in the energy industry, the Secretary of Labor, as part of the Veteran’s Workforce Investment Program, shall carry out a pilot program to be known as the Veterans Energy-Related Employment Program. Under the pilot program, the Secretary shall award competitive grants to three States for the establishment and administration of a State program to make grants to energy employers and labor-management organizations that provide covered training, on-job training, apprenticeships, and certification classes to eligible veterans. Such a program shall be known as a State Energy-Related Employment Program.

(b)

Eligibility for grants

To be eligible to receive a grant under the pilot program, a State shall submit to the Secretary an application that includes each of the following:

(1)

A proposal for the expenditure of grant funds to establish and administer a public-private partnership program designed to provide covered training, on-job training, apprenticeships, and certification classes to a significant number of eligible veterans and ensure lasting and sustainable employment in well-paying jobs in the energy industry.

(2)

Evidence that the State has—

(A)

a population of eligible veterans of an appropriate size to carry out the State program;

(B)

a robust and diverse energy industry; and

(C)

the ability to carry out the State program described in the proposal under paragraph (1).

(3)

Such other information and assurances as the Secretary may require.

(c)

Use of funds

A State that is the recipient of a grant under this section shall use the grant for the following purposes:

(1)

Making grants to energy employers and labor-management organizations to reimburse such employers and organizations for the cost of providing covered training, on-job training, apprenticeships, and certification classes to eligible veterans.

(2)

Conducting outreach to inform energy employers, labor-management organizations, and veterans, including veterans in rural areas, of their eligibility or potential eligibility for participation in the State program.

(d)

Conditions

Under the pilot program, each grant to a State shall be subject to the following conditions:

(1)

The State shall repay to the Secretary, on such date as shall be determined by the Secretary, any amount received under the pilot program that is not used for the purposes described in subsection (c).

(2)

The State shall submit to the Secretary, at such times and containing such information as the Secretary shall require, reports on the use of grant funds.

(e)

Employer requirements

In order to receive a grant made by a State under the pilot program, an energy employer shall—

(1)

submit to the administrator of the State Energy-Related Employment Program an application that includes—

(A)

the rate of pay for each eligible veteran proposed to be trained using grant funds;

(B)

the average rate of pay for an individual employed by the energy employer in a similar position who is not an eligible veteran; and

(C)

such other information and assurances as the administrator may require; and

(2)

agree to submit to the administrator, for each quarter, a report containing such information as the Secretary may specify.

(f)

Limitation

None of the funds made available to an energy employer through a grant under the pilot program may be used to provide training of any kind to a person who is not an eligible veteran.

(g)

Report to Congress

Together with the report required to be submitted annually under section 4107(c) of title 38, United States Code, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the pilot program for the year covered by such report. The report on the pilot program shall include a detailed description of activities carried out under this section and an evaluation of the program.

(h)

Administrative and reporting costs

Of the amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations under subsection (j), 2 percent shall be made available to the Secretary for administrative costs associated with implementing and evaluating the pilot program under this section and for preparing and submitting the report required under subsection (f). The Secretary shall determine the appropriate maximum amount of each grant awarded under this section that may be used by the recipient for administrative and reporting costs.

(i)

Definitions

For purposes of this section:

(1)

The term covered training, on-job training, apprenticeships, and certification classes means training, on-job training, apprenticeships, and certification classes that are—

(A)

designed to provide the veteran with skills that are particular to an energy industry and not directly transferable to employment in another industry; and

(B)

approved as provided in paragraph (1) or (2), as appropriate, of subsection (a) of section 3687 of title 38, United States Code.

(2)

The term eligible veteran means a veteran, as that term is defined in section 101(3) of title 38, United States Code, who is employed by an energy employer and enrolled or participating in a covered training, on-job training, apprenticeship, or certification class.

(3)

The term energy employer means an entity that employs individuals in a trade or business in an energy industry.

(4)

The term energy industry means any of the following industries:

(A)

The energy-efficient building, construction, or retrofits industry.

(B)

The renewable electric power industry, including the wind and solar energy industries.

(C)

The biofuels industry.

(D)

The energy efficiency assessment industry that serves the residential, commercial, or industrial sectors.

(E)

The oil and natural gas industry.

(F)

The nuclear industry.

(j)

Appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015, for the purpose of carrying out the pilot program.

Passed the House of Representatives March 23, 2010.

Lorraine C. Miller,

Clerk